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Trial This Week for Man Charged With Killing Former NBA Player Andre Emmett

Man, father of two, was shot during an attempted robbery outside his home in 2019, police say

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A man charged in the death of former professional basketball player Andre Emmett stands trial this week in Dallas County.

The killing was captured on a home surveillance camera on Sept. 23, 2019.

Emmett, 37, was sitting in his vehicle outside his home at about 2:30 a.m. when investigators said two people approached him and tried to rob him, police said. Emmett was shot, police said, as he ran away. The final moments of Emmett’s life were captured on home surveillance cameras outside of his Old East Dallas condo.

Police said a passer-by called 911 after finding Emmett several hundred feet from his home.

A witness told Dallas Police Larry Jenkins was the person who pulled the trigger. Two others, Michael Lucky and Keith Johnson, are also charged with capital murder in Emmett's slaying.

During the first day of testimony a Dallas homicide detective said he believed Jenkins was the shooter. He told jurors phone records and a search warrant for Facebook activity placed Jenkins at the location of the murder.

Jenkins’s defense attempted to poke holes in the prosecution’s case about Jenkins' whereabouts that night.

Emmett’s family said he was a talented basketball player, but he was most proud of being a family man and father to two little girls, ages 2 and 3.

"His girls were and are his life," said his sister, Sasha Emmett. "They don't really know what's going on, but they were with him all the time and he's going to be absent in their life now."

On the stand, Emmett’s mother, Regina Oliver, became emotional identifying her son in photos presented by the prosecution.

She testified she knew something was wrong that day in 2019 when she arrived at her son’s condo and his car door was open. She said she called his phone several times and knocked on his door before calling police to report what she thought was suspicious activity.

"I kept calling and calling and finally I looked to the right and I saw a flash, which was his phone on the console of the car," said Oliver.

Emmett was a standout player at Dallas Carter High School who went on to play at Texas Tech and in the NBA with the Grizzlies and Nets.

Jenkins sat stoic throughout several hours of testimony. If convicted, he faces an automatic life sentence.

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